|Course Cluster and Certificates: Sustainability and Environmental Justice, Service Learning|
In this course, we will explore literature by and about refugees to consider what might define the emerging category of "refugee literature." As the official number of refugees continues to climb, the media typically portrays refugees as dependent figures who exist in a state of crisis and emergency and require immediate humanitarian aid. However, tendencies to depict refugees in such terms can obscure the historical and political contexts that cause forced migration and statelessness, as well as overshadow the perspectives of refugees. We will study the complexity of refugee voices while also situating texts historically and alongside theories of forced displacement and human rights. While the course is literature-based, we will also deal more broadly with narrative and consider how refugee narratives might serve as a premise for engaging broader rubrics of American culture and history. This course has a service-learning component through which we will extend what we learn in the classroom by working with refugees affiliated with a local organization.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: |
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(HRAD-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Theoretical works by Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, Yen Le Espiritu, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Peter Nyers
Kate Evans, THREADS: FROM THE REFUGEE CRISIS
Mohsin Hamid, EXIT WEST
Dina Nayeri, THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE
Viet Thanh Nguyen (editor), THE DISPLACED
Joe Sacco, PALESTINE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
2-3 shorter to longer papers. Final critical or creative-critical project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Active participation and leading discussion.
Contributes to fulfillment of ENGL major requirements:
Class of 22: Literatures of Difference, Theory, and the American Literature, Race and Ethnicity, and Theory and Literary Forms concentrations, elective.
Class of 23 and beyond: Lit Hist. 3, Theory, American Literature, World Literature, elective
|Instructor(s): Nguyen,Marguerite Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: DWNY100; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 1||FR: X|
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